Corey Pavin leads Champions Tour event

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SAUCIER, Miss. — Corey Pavin birdied the first six holes in a blistering start Saturday in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

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The rest of his day wasn’t as impressive, but the 53-year-old Pavin still walked off the 18th green with a share of the lead in the Champions Tour event after 5-under-par 67.

Pavin joined Bernhard Langer, Roger Chapman and Joe Daley atop the second-round leaderboard.

Langer had 65, Chapman shot 67, and Daley had 66.

Esteban Toledo, Tom Pernice Jr., and Gene Sauers were a stroke behind the leaders. Toledo and Pernice shot 65 to match Langer for lowest round of the day.

Augusta native Larry Mize is seven shots off the lead after rounds of 73-70–143. Former Augusta resident Allen Doyle has shot 83-75–158.

Pavin has only made six straight birdies in a tournament one other time – at the PGA Tour’s 2006 U.S. Bank Championship – and he finished that weekend with a victory.

“It’s fun to do,” Pavin said. “That’s my longest string of birdies in a tournament ever. I got a little frisky on seven, trying to break my own record and I three-putted. But still, it was a good day and obviously a great start.”

WEB.COM TOUR: In Broussard, La., former Oklahoma State star Edward Loar fired 7-under-par 64 Saturday and moved into the lead of the Louisiana Open.

Loar’s 15-under 198 total is one better than Troy Merritt (66) and two in front of Morgan Hoffmann, who had 62.

Aiken’s Kevin Kisner shot 69 and is tied for 54th place at 209. Augusta’s Scott Parel is tied for 65th place at 211 after 71.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat led the Malaysian Open at 11-under when third-round play was suspended because of another series of thunderstorms at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Kiradech completed only two holes in the third round before play was stopped for the day South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Tournament champion, was a stroke back, also after two holes.


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